“Pride, however, is not found among Israel alone. It made to Isaiah no difference whether the boasters were the petty grandees of Judaea, or the mighty monarchs of the East…. Its highest embodiment this sin of pride had found, to the far-reaching vision of Isaiah, in that King of Babel, who said in his heart: ‘I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit upon the mount of congregation (the mythical mountain, where the gods assembled), in the uttermost parts of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.’ (14:13,14). Pride is in its essence a form of self-deification. Satanic sin, a type of Satan, has been found in the King of Babel thus described….” (Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology, p. 302).
“To ride upon the clouds [Isaiah 14:14] is God’s prerogative, and the king thus shows that he wishes to be equal with and rival God. Intentions such as this are the prelude to downfall. ‘Ye shall be like God,’ serpent had said in the garden. Whenever men have designed to raise themselves to an equality with God, a descent follows.” (E. J. Young, The Book of Isaiah, Vol. 1, pp. 442–443).
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